A Californian bill devised to regulate social networks with tighter privacy regulations failed to pass under pressure from high-profile tech companies.
Organisations like Facebook, Google and various technology industry associations mounted a massive lobbying campaign to prevent the bill from being passed. The bill failed to become law by five crucial votes.
The bill was created by Democratic Senator Ellen Corbett and was designed to allow users to adjust their privacy settings while creating their profile on social networks.
The bill required social networks to make only a user’s name and city of residence openly available by default; any information beyond that would have had to have been explicitly unlocked by the user.
The bill would have allowed the California state government to impose fines on social networks if they failed to comply with a user’s request to remove personal information from the platform within 96 hours.
"I feel terrible for children, their parents and the many others who are at risk of being victims of identity theft or other criminal activity because their private information falls into the wrong hands," said Senator Corbett, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.